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Fast Track BSN

Enjoy the flexibility of online lectures with hands-on lab support!

Nursing is one of the most highly regarded and rewarding professions today. Nurses provide patient-centered care in hospitals, doctor's offices, schools and other settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for registered nurses is expected to grow by 15% from 2016 to 2026, compared to 7% growth across all occupations.  

Walsh University's Fast Track BSN option allows busy, working adults to enjoy the flexibility of online learning without sacrificing the stability of in-class instruction. In this hybrid program, lectures will take place online, with weekend and evening hands-on clinical and laboratory experiences that take place in person.

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Prerequisite Courses*

CHEM 120 Chemistry – 4 credit hoursBIO 209 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab- 4 credit hoursBIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab- 4 credit hoursNS 207 Nutrition- 3 credit hoursNURS 220 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice- 3 credit hours

*All pre-requisite courses are available in a hybrid, accelerated format (8-weeks) at the program reduced tuition cost rate. Please check with your Enrollment Manager prior to registering for a course at another institution to ensure it is equivalent to the prerequisite course at Walsh. If you choose to take the prerequisites at a local community college, your grade in the courses must be a B or higher. If you choose to take the prerequisites at another institution, your grade must be a C or higher in order to transfer in as credit. All science courses must have been completed within the last seven years.

Why Walsh?

  • NCLEX Success. Walsh consistently has a high pass rate (97.59% pass rate in 2018) on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
  • History of Excellence. Walsh University has a strong reputation for producing career-ready nurses. 
  • Personal Attention. Our class sizes are small, giving students more one-on-one attention from their instructors.
  • Accelerated Format. Designed for busy, working adults, this degree can be completed by taking online courses offered in accelerated 8-week sessions. Labs and clinical hours will be at convenient evening and weekend times.
  • Responsible Best Practices. As part of the Walsh University mission, we place a great deal of focus on the ethical practice of healthcare administration.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities - Including a newly renovated nursing lab/interactive classroom that features advanced educational technology such as a control room for instructors to record and observe students in simulation settings, a high fidelity simulation patient (iStan), a Fidelis Maternal Fetal Birthing Simulator, iPads, multiple monitors throughout the learning space, secure storage, instructor work station, birthing bed, infant warmer, ventilator and cardiac defibrillator.
  • Proximity to the Nation's Top Hospitals. Walsh's Stark County location allows students opportunities for clinical experiences and post-graduation jobs at some of the top hospitals in the nation including Mercy Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Akron Children's Hospital, and Aultman Hospital.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Higher Learning Commission. Ranked #49 in Regional Universities Midwest (U.S. News and World Report) and #29 in Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report)

Clinical Experience

Nearly every Walsh nursing course requires students to participate in labs and receive clinical experience. Walsh nursing students have access to state-of-the-art computer labs and clinical labs that mirror the hospital environment.
As students move through the nursing program, clinical experiences advance in complexity to match the online instruction.

Career Opportunities

The shortage of nurses continued to grow and is expected to reach 1.09 million by 2024 (AACN Fact Sheet, Nursing Shortage, 2019).
According to EMSI, there are 2,528 regional vacancies due to growth and turn over with registered nurses.
A high percentage of Walsh Nursing students pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and go on to practice nursing at local and national healthcare facilities. Walsh students are highly regarded in the clinical setting, and often times a student's clinical experience leads to a full-time job as a registered nurse after graduation.
In addition, Walsh students who want to further their education can easily transition into one of Walsh's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.